What’s Next for Men, Women and Moving Beyond #ME TOO?

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Katherine White
One with Heart Program Coordinator

What does it mean to be a man in a world where women are routinely targeted for sexual assault, harassment and misconduct? Whether on the street or in the boardroom, women continue to face very real risk. #ME TOO has raised awareness and has a lot of men feeling uneasy, watching their step and wondering how they can be better allies.

Conversations about sexual assault can be uncomfortable. But seizing this opportunity for change starts with having those uncomfortable conversations and training ways to take positive action. Sidestepping and looking the other way are no longer acceptable responses to the current climate of hostility.

Organizations around the world are facilitating change. Sexual assault is being addressed head-on in Kenya where boys learn to identify rape myths, understand consent and intervene when they see an assault taking place. Recently, In New York City, 90 men in the tech industry gathered to take a closer look at how to better work with and mentor women in a climate of mutual respect.

Real change means really changing the way we perceive one another and treat one another. It starts in our homes, schools, workplaces and communities. The following articles are about organizations that offer ways for boys and men to become allies with women on the street and in the boardroom. It is time to come together and take the next step beyond #ME TOO. And it is up to all of us to find our way.

 

ENDNOTES:

 Donovan, Louise; Wangari, Felista; O’Neill, Hannah. “Teaching boys that ‘real men’ would stop rape.” BBC News Global Education March 20, 2018.

http://www.bbc.com/news/education-43466365

Simmons, John. “Men Learn How to be Allies, Without Fear, to Female Colleagues.” The Wallstreet Journal April 5, 2018.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/men-learn-how-to-be-allies-without-fear-to-female-colleagues-1522849814

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